Yesterday when Debbie Rowe agreed to give up custody of the two kids she had with Michael Jackson, lawyers for her and the Jackson family insisted the agreement was not about money, only what would be best for the kids. It felt good to see everyone put greed aside and do what was right, and that good feeling will last until you read the next sentence.
A child-custody agreement announced yesterday will keep Michael Jackson’s two oldest children with his relatives — but only if they continue to pay about $4 million as part of an informal “spousal” arrangement Rowe had with Jackson before he died.
Lawyers for both sides tried to spin it that no money had changed hands, but in a carefully worded statement, the family admitted yesterday they would continue paying her dough promised to her by Jacko — a verbal contract that died with him.
I don’t pretend to know who the best choice would be to raise these kids, but I know who shouldn’t raise them: anyone mentioned so far in this story.